When deciding to move to Costa Rica last year, it was a personal goal for me to have a boat compete in the Offshore World Championships. I had set myself a target of the April 2017 Tournament so I was delighted when I knew that we had secured a place in this years tournament.
The tournament takes place over 1 week at The Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, our home Marina. Tournament HQ and most of the guests stay at the Parador hotel in Manuel Antonio, just 10 minutes from the Marina. The tournament attracted 66 teams from 29 countries this year making it a truly global celebration of Sport Fishing. Every single team that I met were so passionate about Fishing and it was fantastic to spend time with them and get to make new friends from around the world.
After the Sunday Boat draw and kick off party at the Parador Hotel it was time to get down to business for day 1 of the Tournament on Monday.
Day 1 - Monday
The 'Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament' team, Isaiah, Paul, Morgan, Matthew & Sean from Trinidad fished aboard 'Good Day'.
We had 12 Sailfish bites and released 5 Sailfish.
Top boat of the day was our Sister ship 'Good Day Too', winning the day with 19 Sailfish. Excellent job guys, very proud of you!
Day 2 - Tuesday
We were drawn as a standby boat for day 2 and were at the Marina at 4.30am with the boat 100% ready to go incase another boat had a mechanical issue. As it turned out we were not required to replace another boat so we spent the day making preparations for the rest of the week and catching a few well needed dockside zzzzz's.
Top boats of day 2 were:
1. Spanish Fly - Marina Open Torneo de Pesca team from Brazil catching 13 Sailfish
2. Macushla - Vanuatu Marlin Classic catching 12 Sailfish
3. 2015 3rd Place OWC Team
Day 3 - Wednesday
We welcomed the '2003 OWC Champions aboard 'Good Day' for day 3 of the tournament. Danny Fox, Bobby Rego, David Fingland & Alan D'Silva were representing Bermuda and Bahamas.
Conditions were very tough with heavy rains and dark skies for most of the day and every boat in the fleet found things difficult. We released 1 Sailfish from 3 Sailfish Bites and we're pleased to catch a fish. Many boats on the day failed to catch a fish with 20 boats reporting either zero or 1 Sailfish released. We missed a Wahoo midway through the day and our highlight was a 200lb Blue Marlin which put on an excellent show before breaking our leader.
Congratulations to the winning team on day 3, the 'Deep Canon Challenge' team representing the USA, catching 11 Sailfish aboard the 'Dream Girl'. A good result on a tough day! Fingers crossed for a better day tomorrow!
Day 4 - Thursday
It is the fourth and final day of the 2016 Offshore World championships. All is to play for with several teams all still with a chance of clinching Tournament Gold and be crowned World Champions.
We welcomed Papa, Claritta, Julian and Xavier from the Vanuatu Marlin Classic team aboard the 'Good Day'.
The bite had certainly improved from yesterday and we recorded 11 Sailfish bites. Unfortunately luck was not on our side in terms of hookups and we only released 1 Sailfish after suffering several broken lines, leaders & jumped off fish.
Nevertheless we had a great day on the water and we're all thankful for having the opportunity to be involved in such an amazing global event.
At the top of the leaderboard things were very competitive with the day 4 winners being
The Washington Tuna Classic team with 16 Sailfish aboard 'Fastrack'.
Second & Third positions both had 15 Sailfish being the Lyford Cay Offshore tournament winners from Bahamas aboard 'Frenzy' and the 2015 OWC 2nd place team from Brazil aboard Spanish Fly.
After 4 amazing days of competition it was now time to crown the new 2016 Offshore World Fishing Champions!
A huge congratulations to a great bunch of guys from Trinidad who were representing the 'St Lucia Annual International Billfish Tournament'. A very popular win & fully deserved after remaining high on the leaderboard throughout the tournament. Congratulations guys on a fantastic result & we look forward to seeing you back here next year!
2016 OWC Final Standings:
1. Team St Lucia Annual Int'l Billfish Tournament, from Trinidad - 45 Sailfish = 9000 points
2. Team Cabo Frio Marlin Invitational, from Brazil - 42 Sailfish = 8400 points
3. Team Torneio Open Com Iscas Artificais, from Brazil - 38 Sailfish, 1 Blue Marlin, 8100 points
2016 OWC - Top Boats:
1. Dragin Fly, Captain Santiago Smith Tucker
2. Good Day Too, Captain Estaban Marcos
3. Boo Loo, Captain John Brennan
Overall Fish Count:
12 Blue Marlin
1 Striped Marlin
1 Black Marlin
2 Mahi (43lbs heaviest)
1 Wahoo - 36lb
A really fantastic week and already looking forward to next year's event!
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